The same player erased two school records Friday night as the UCA Bears beat Abilene Christian 10-3 in the Southland Conference series opener at Crutcher Scott Field.
Senior right-hander Tyler Gray broke both the single-game strikeout record and the career strikeout mark, finishing with 15 in eight innings of work to improve to 6-1 on the season.
Gray now has 274 career strikeouts, surpassing Matt Whitaker's old mark of 269 set from 2006-08.
Gray, who struck out the side in the fourth and seventh innings, allowed a run in the ninth before exiting for sophomore Mark Moyer, who recorded the final three outs.
Gray entered the game second in the SLC and 17th in the nation in strikeouts.
The Bears entered their final regular season series Friday night, playing for seeding in next week's SLC Tournament.
While nothing was decided based on Friday night's results, the Bears helped themselves out, sweeping a doubleheader from Northwestern State 9-2 and 5-3.
Central Arkansas got a strong pitching performance in game one from Kailla Searcy (6-6), who allowed a pair of walks and a single to the first three batters she faced before settling in to retire 19 of the next 21 Northwestern State (26-23, 13-13 SLC) hitters. All told, Searcy allowed a pair of runs, both in the first, on five hits and three walks while striking out one batter in seven innings.
Northwestern State would threaten in the top of the seventh, putting a pair on base, but Searcy got a lineout to Myers to end the game.
Junior Markus Schweikert grabbed the bronze medal in the 10,000 meters Friday, and the University of Central Arkansas Bears picked up nine big points in the first event of the Southland Conference Outdoor Championships at a soggy Incarnate Word Benson Stadium.
Schweikert, from Spay, Germany, ran a 31:15.41 to finish third. Senior Preston Borg, from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, finished sixth in a time of 31:51.17.
On the women's side, senior Abby Foreman finished 16th in the 10K (29:40.59), while senior Madison Sellars was 17th (39:49.05) and sophomore Kaylee Stewart was 19th (41:18.55).
The Lady Cats dropped their final game of the regular season 12-8 to Bryant on Friday.
Conway will wait for conference tournaments to conclude before finding out its opponent in the 7A State Tournament, which starts May 10 in Cabot.
The Wampus Cats picked up a 5-3 win over Bryant on Friday.
Conway will await its 7A State Tournament opponent.
Finishing as the No. 1 seed in the 7A Central, the Wampus Cats receive a first round bye and will play Friday at 3 p.m.
Conway Girls Soccer
Falling behind in the first half proved to be an uphill battle the Lady Cats could not overcome, falling 3-1 to Bryant on Friday.
The Lady Hornets scored two goals in the second half, while Conway could only muster one.
Conway will travel Monday to Fort Smith to face Southside in its final game of the season before heading to the 7A State Tournament.
Conway Boys Soccer
The Conway boys fared better in their game, winning in a shootout.
With regulation play ending at 1-1, the two teams went to a shootout, where the Wampus Cats won 6-5, earning the win.
The Conway boys will also travel Monday to Fort Smith to play Southside in the final regular season matchup.
Greenbrier Boys Soccer
The Panthers dropped its final regular season match 1-0 to Clarksville on Friday.
The Lady Panthers defeated the Vilonia Lady Eagles 4-3 Friday in the 5A West Conference Tournament.
Greenbrier gained a 1-0 lead after two innings before Vilonia scored two runs in the top of the fourth inning.
The Lady Panthers struck back in the bottom of the sixth, answering the Lady Eagles’ two runs before Vilonia tied it up again in the top of the seventh.
Greenbrier won the game in its final at bat.
The Lady Panthers’ Jaylee Engelkes pitched a complete game, giving up three runs, none earned, on two hits, while striking out two batters.
Vilonia’s Gracie Kimbrell gave up four runs on 10 hits and five walks, while striking out one in six and one-third innings.
Being delayed one hour didn’t hurt the Greenbrier offense, scoring four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, breaking a 1-1 tie against Morrilton.
The Devil Dogs’ Dylan White got the loss, giving up five runs, four earned, on six hits, three walks, while striking out two in four innings pitched.
After falling behind 7-1 in three innings, the Eagles tried to fight back, but there wasn’t enough baseball.
The Eagles scored one run in the fourth, three in the fifth and one in the sixth, but couldn’t push anything across, falling 7-6 to Farmington on Friday.
Vilonia’s Cody Mitchell gave up five runs, two earned, on four hits, five walks, while striking out three in two and two-thirds innings.
The Eagles kept their regional championship hopes alive, defeating Harding Academy 10-6 Friday.
The win set up a 3A-2 Regional Championship game against Glen Rose.
Conway Christian Baseball
The Eagles needed extras Saturday to punch a ticket to the Region 2A-West/Central championship.
CCS knocked off Pangburn 7-6 in extra innings to face the winner of Lavaca and Hector.
The Eagles beat Hector 5-0 April 28.
St. Joseph Baseball
A walkoff home run by Lacava’s nine-hole hitter Martin Lozano in the eighth inning eliminated St. Joseph and ended its season Friday.